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Snow Lake Hiking Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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  • The Snow Lake Trail is in good shape considering the heavy use.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Portions of the trail traverse rocky talus.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Trail infastructure to mitigate the heavy use.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • The Snow Lake Trail proceeds through pristine wilderness.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Views from the Snow Lake Trail.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Fog on the Snow Lake Trail.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Fog in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on the Snow Lake Trail.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Fog in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on the Snow Lake Trail.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Snow Lake.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Snow Lake.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Snow Lake.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • Snow Lake.- Snow Lake Hiking Trail
  • - Snow Lake Hiking Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildflowers. Old-growth forest. Viewpoints. Alpine lake.
Cons: 
Weekend crowds.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.00 mi (11.27 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,000.00 ft (914.40 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Snow Lake Hiking Trail is one of the most popular trails in Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Peak summer traffic usually means lots of attention on the weekends, though the crowds thin significantly on weekdays. No matter when you have the chance to make the hike, however, you will be treated to an area of outstanding beauty. Surrounding peaks frame the Snow Lake Hiking Trail as it proceeds up the valley at the base of Snoqualmie Mountain. If you make the hike in the summer, wildflowers and huckleberries punctuate the alpine aesthetic.

Throughout, the heavily used trail is remarkably well maintained and carefully planned to minimize erosion. A set of wooden stairs in the first portion of the trail is a testament to this effort. After the first 2 miles, the trail enters a rockier zone as it switchbacks to the top of a ridge. Continuing past the junction to Source Lake, work your way up the steep switchbacks using the Snoqualmie Pass views for inspiration. Snow Lake comes into view as you crest the ridge, an enticing reward for the hike. Campsites and several picnic spots dot the lakeshore, so take some time to savor the panoramic views of Washington's Alpine Lake Wilderness from this picture-perfect lake.
 

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